Manchester United Transfers In and Out
The Manchester United that we have seen this year has proved two things: we lack creativity and rely too heavily on the very experienced squad members. The following is a list of players without breaking the bank I think that need to be let go and brought in, in order for the Red Devils to conquer the rest of the world.
Retire: Gary Neville
Gary Neville has been a brilliant servant for United, but this season proved that all those injuries have taken a toll on his pace and skill. He has the fire that Manchester United fans love, and there is no one Liverpool fans hate more than Gary Neville. But in all fairness why keep a guy on the squad just to upset your opposition?
In all fairness, Gary Neville may stay one more year. But we have adequate replacements to fill in on the right. Not the biggest fan of John O'Shea, but they do a good job, and in Rafael we have a good young player who has the potential to be top 10 best right backs in the world.
Retire: Ryan Giggs
The perfect servant: Ryan Giggs. it will be a sad day to see Giggsy leave, but it has come apparent that we rely on him too much in the big games. He has lost pace but not his intelligence.
I think in order for players like Nani and Anderson to fulfill their true potential Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes must step away from the game, albeit on their terms. They are wonderful servants for United and we will miss them when they do go.
Retire: Paul Scholes
There is no better image in football to me than Paul Scholes making a tackle. It is pure comedy. If I could clone any player on the United squad it would be Paul Scholes and have him tackle Arsene Wenger 100 times.
Anderson has shown glimpses of his talent, and he performed admirably last season, but this year has been a disappointment, a consistent run in the first 11 will do wonders for the boy. We should notice that SAF only calls players that he absolutely loves "the boy." Anderson is one of them, he might be frustrating at times with his goals to game ratio, but he is full of energy and I know Wayne Rooney can appreciate that.
Transfer out: Ben Foster
Ben Foster in goal has proven 1 thing: he is not ready. Yes we have seen that he is talented, but he lacks the experience, and I am not sure if he will be able to live up to the huge expectations that come with being a Manchester United player.
Solution send him out on loan to gain that experience and keep Tomasz Kuszczak who is an able replacement, and has done fairly well when called upon.
Or sell him, because his confidence looks to be damaged having made blunders at club and international level. A spell at a lesser known club without the added media presence will do the lad good.
Ben Foster in goal does not inspire confidence, and clearly is not learning anything from Van Der Sar.
Transfer out: Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick was to be United's Andrea Pirlo. He has, however, turned out to be Juventus' Momo Sissoko without the tackling ability.
I was not a fan of this transfer when it first happened, Carrick is a quality player, but I never though good enough for an ambitious United squad. His passes are becoming increasing wayward and it is clear that Sir Alex has lost a lot of confidence in the lad.
Ask any United fan who their favorite player is and I can almost guarantee you that Michael Carrick does not roll off the tongue.
Transfer out: Dimitar Berbatov
Berbatov likes winning trophies. However, Manchester United fans don't like him. For some reason he has not replicated his form while at Tottenham at United.
His style of play is different, but it was evident from the Chelsea match and the Bayern Munich match that SAF does not know how to play Berba. He has built the side around Wayne Rooney and Berba does not fit into that plan.
He is undoubtedly a class player, but does not fit into the Red Devils mold. But seeing that I have Michael Owen as a bigger priority to go through the door, I think Berba may end up staying one more year.
Transfer out: Michael Owen
Michael Owen must have promised SAF that he would not get injured this year, because this signing had mistake written all over it. Owen has broken his promise of not getting injured, and is not the same class striker he was at Liverpool or the super sub he was at Real Madrid.
He is as good or as bad as he was at Newcastle. He was a free transfer but he made the attack very light weight, he offers less than Berbatov, and he must be the first one to be shown the door.
Transfer in: Manuel Neuer
The Red Devils have been linked with Igor Akinfeev, Hugo Lloris, David De Gea, and Manuel Neuer as a replacement for Edwin Van Der Sar.
David De Gea may turn out to be a brilliant goalkeeper in the end, but will he be able to take over the from Edwin Van Der Sar next year? I doubt it. What will happen with the added scrutiny at Manchester United, we're seen many goalies fail to cope with the pressure.
Purchasing Hugo Lloris I think would be a mistake, what you need from your goalkeeper is confidence that he will be able to deal with the pressure. Lloris does not inspire me, and I would be scared to have him in the nets for United.
Which brings me to Akinfeev and Neuer, both are 24, however Akinfeev is prone to let goals in through his legs. Neuer I think is a safer bet, due to his size and agility and lets face it the boy can keep. The game against FC Porto in 2008 was his calling, and anyone that questions his ability should youtube that game alone.
Transfer in: Simon Kjaer
Kjaer is a man in a pink shirt. Enough said! Only 21 years old, he marshals a very attack minded Palermo squad and does an excellent job of it. With Rio Ferdinand getting older and our back line hampered by injuries this season. Kjaer is the perfect fit.
He has stated that we would not move to a bigger club to sit on the bench, but why would he? He is first class and with an aging back line a proper rotation policy would be enacted.
Kjaer has excellent technical abilities and reads the game well.
Transfer in: Marek Hamsik
Pavel Nedved paid the ultimate compliment to Hamsik by stating that Hamsik was his heir. How often does Pele, Maradona, Zidane, Ronaldo, or Paulo Maldini come out and say: "This player is going to replicate all that I have done and may even be a little better?" Next to never. We have been searching for a player to replace the fire that Roy Keane had in his playing days. Hamsik is that man.
Hamsik can play as an attacking mid, central mid, or out on the left. One of these most talented players I have seen in a while. And for some reason does not get the credit that he is due. Hamsik's game is perfect for the EPL, he plays with speed as does Napoli and he is accustomed to the pressure. He is almost single handedly carrying Napoli's hopes for a European bid.
To see this player go to any other team apart from Manchester United would be an injustice.
Transfer in: David Silva
One of the most talented players at Valencia. David Silva forms a deadly attacking partnership with: David Villa, Joaquin, Juan Mata, and Pablo Hernandez.
However, I feel David Silva is the player most suited for Manchester United. In our current system we rely heavily on players being able to play multiple positions. D
avid Silva can play as a left mid, attacking mid, central mid, and even as a support striker. What has Manchester United been missing this year? A support striker! Ding! Ding! Ding!
The great thing about Silva is that he is Spanish and playing in La Liga, had he been English and playing in the EPL, he would be worth twice as much as he is now.
Transfer in: Edin Dzenko
Now with a side full of wingers, it comes as a big surprise that we do not have a big man in the middle. Wayne Rooney is a giant among midgets and I am still amazed that he still scores headed goals. How can a man so short rise to head in goals? Well not to fear, Dzenko is here.
He is a powerful physical striker, his price tag may be costly, but with a side consisting of: Nani, Valencia, Evra, Park, Tosic, Fabio, and Rafael. A target man is needed.
We have been linked with Benzema, but I am not sold. He hasn't performed well for France and I'm not sure he will ever live up to his billing as the next best thing coming out of France.